Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (404) 656-9772


For Immediate Release

Burruss Correctional Training Center Honored

Awarded Facility of the Year

Atlanta – The Department of Corrections honored Burruss Correctional Training Center as Facility of the Year at the Sixth Annual GDC Awards program on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth. 

“Burruss Correctional Training Center has encountered mission and inmate population changes this past year with an almost seamless transition,” said Commissioner Brian Owens.  “They truly set the standard,” added Owens.

Burruss Correctional Training Center, located in Forsyth, is a medium-security facility, with 218 staff members and approximately 800 inmates.  The prison provides prison labor and support to the recently renovated State Offices South at Tift College, as well as maintenance and operation of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  Burruss CTC is also responsible for in-take of those inmates coming directly from the court who are juveniles sentenced as adults or are at-risk youth.  They provide specialized services regarding detention and treatment of youthful offenders attempting to prevent them from re-offending and returning back to their communities as productive citizens.

Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 guests.  Making the award presentation with the Commissioner were Board of Corrections Chairman Larry Wynn, Assistant Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield, and special guest speaker, Brigadier General (Ret.) C. Stewart Rodeheaver.  Warden Vanessa O’Donnell and Captain Freddie Watkins accepted the award on behalf of the facility.

The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 13,000 employees.